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Monday, 23 April 2018

Standard Bank (SB) has named the BRICS, Asian and Middle Eastern countries as Africa's most prominent commercial partners. Simon Freemantle and Jeremy Stevens, economists from the SB, which is the African largest retail bank, classify Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa (BRICS), together with Indonesia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey as the new emerging 10 (EM10) economies whose ties with Africa are shaping the continent’s development trajectory. They stress the significant role the EM10 is playing in shaping the international economic arena.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Following the coup d'etat in Mali, Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner, announces that EC development operations will be suspended until “the situation clarifies”. Mr Piebalgs also says this decision won’t affect Humanitarian aid and recalls , as EU High Representative Catherine Asthon, for a “speedy resolution of the crisis, restoration of constitutional order and the holding of democratic elections as soon as possible”.

“The structural transformation of our Mineral resources potential into competitive and sustainable industries is an essential component of any long-term strategy to ensure the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for poverty reduction”. These were among the statements made by Mr Achille Bassilekin III, Assistant Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat and Head of the Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade,  during the 2nd European Raw Material Conference, held in Brussels last week.

Monday, 26 March 2012

European Parliament
-28-29 March: Mini plenary session (Strasbourg)
-27 March: Committee on Foreign Affairs
-27 March: Committee on Development
-26-27: Commission on International Trade
Council of Ministers
-28/30 March: COREPER I
-28-29  March: COREPER II
-26 March: General Affairs Council (International Trade)
ACP Group
-26  March: S/C on Political, Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Affairs
-27 March: Enlarged Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
-27 March: W/G on the Future perspectives of the ACP Group
-29 March: Committee of Ambassadors
-30 March: 4th meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration

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The next Brussels Development Briefing will focus on  “Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities” and take place on April 4th, 2012. It will be organised by the CTA, with the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
The Briefing will discuss policy options to reduce the vulnerability of small islands economies. We will also discuss some best practices to enhance sustainable development, especially in the context of Rio+20.
You can follow the updates and register online at brusselsbriefings.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Discussions on the ongoing Doha negotiations have once again taken place.  According to Sylvester Bagooro, from Third World Network-Africa (TWN-Africa), who has recently published an article on myjoyonline, the Ministerial Conference, held last December 2011,  ended “with no clear direction as to the future of the Doha negotiations”.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Agricultural growth in Africa is still “fragile” and unable to improve living conditions. This and other conclusions were reached by the Montpellier Panel, a group of leading experts in the fields of agriculture, trade and sustainable development, and who have also called upon world leaders to help make the continent’s growth more resilient and sustainable.  The Panel stressed the necessity of focusing on several points, namely reducing price volatility, building "climate-smart" agriculture, improving nutrition and paying special attention to rural women and youth.

Following a meeting of  the Portuguese-speaking Countries Community (CPLP) , which was held in Luanda last week, Alexandra Carvalho, the director of International Relations Office of the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, assessed as ‘positive’ and ‘healthy’ the level of bilateral cooperation between Angola and Portugal concerning the environment sector.

Following weeks of tension,  8 members of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the EP is in Kenya for a progress review on the EPAS with the East African Community (EAC). The main objective of the team, which will be in meeting in Nairobi for 3 days, is to unlock negotiations that have led much debate since they were introduced in 2002.

In January, CTA Brussels informed of the Written Declaration on Science Capacity Building in Africa which had been launched by five members of the European Parliament.  Following the adoption of the written declaration by the European Parliament  in plenary session last week, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has stated that “[ this] represents a commitment by the European Parliament to work with Africa to ensure that the full potential of science and technology is harnessed to contribute to sustainable growth and development on both continents”.